While He was on earth, Jesus announced that the kingdom of God was at hand. Yet when He was raised from the dead and returned back to the Father, the apostles did not go with Him. With our eyes opened to the final act of God’s story, it is easy to lose sight of God’s purpose for us in this world. God is continuing His redemption mission here on earth. And His church, the ordinary, Spirit-empowered followers of Christ, is His Plan A and there is no Plan B.
After 400 years of silence, Jesus Christ entered into the world in flesh to live the perfect life that we cannot live and to die the death that we all deserve to die. He was the long-awaited fulfillment of the promised Redeemer. Many walked and knew Him yet very few believed in Him. He made a way for us to be reconciled with the Father through His death and resurrection.